Teresa (Lemieux) James ’49
Teresa (Lemieux) James ’49, and her husband Carleton, had always wanted to assist students from the Willimantic area who were studying to be schoolteachers yet needed help going to college. So when Carleton passed away, Mrs. James was pleased to establish the Carleton P. and Teresa H. James Endowed Scholarship.
Mrs. James, a lifelong Willimantic resident who taught in Windham and surrounding towns for 30 years before retiring in 1989, frequently can be seen on campus during her daily walking regimen. “The University has grown enormously since I went to school here. We just had Shafer Hall, Burr Hall, and the Noble School back then. I think what has happened to the campus is just fantastic, and you can’t help but notice how beautiful and clean the grounds are!”
Carleton asked Teresa to the “Snow Ball” at the Willimantic Country Club on their first date back in 1946. They stayed in Willimantic after marrying, even though Carleton’s job with Southern New England Telephone took him throughout the state. “I am impressed that the faculty and administration have been able to maintain the school’s small, close-knit atmosphere,” says Mrs. James. “At some of the bigger universities, they don’t even know who you are.”